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Women, Sex, and a Question of Double Standards by Kathleen Nielson
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Herman Bavinck. Reformed Ethics: Created, Fallen, and Converted Humanity by Cory C. Brock
John Murray’s Principles of Conduct—Some Personal Reflections by Sinclair Ferguson

WOMEN, SEX, AND A QUESTION OF DOUBLE STANDARDS

by Kathleen Nielson in Vol. 5 No. 2 / Oct 2019

DOI: https://doi.org/10.35285/ucc5.2.2019.art4



This article examines the subject of women and extramarital sex as addressed in Old Testament law—and ultimately by Jesus himself. It is a revised excerpt from a book that aims to show God’s good care and purpose for his female image-bearers from beginning to end of the Bible’s story (Women and God, 2018). A focus on Deuteronomy 22:13–30 shows that women are not only held equally responsible for sexual sin but also carefully protected, especially in cases of mistreatment and sexual abuse. The ultimate care and purpose revealed in the Scriptures for women and men alike is God’s gracious redemption through the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus.

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